Wahiawa Hills (Poamoho) Loop

by kenji SAITO on May 5, 2019

Hiking Wahiawa Hills (Poamoho) Loop

Met up with Chris, Christine, Cisco, Ferlino and Janell to do some possible river riding on the longest stream on the island. Photo by Janell Tuttle.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Janell had checked the rain gauges online earlier and it did not look promising for a day of tubing. We fell back on Plan B. Get lost in the woods. Not literally.

Downhill

Downhill

Going down the steeply rooted hill as we passed the twin iconic water tanks that were enveloped with scaffolding.

Blowdown

Blowdown

Making our way over the fallen trees blocking the trail. Time for some trail clearing. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Stream

Stream

Passing through a clump of elephant ears. Or was it taro plants?

Waterfall

Waterfall

Ferlino’s stay was brief due to the depth and temperature of the pool.

Downhill

Downhill

We headed up and over to another water crossing.

Kaukonahua Stream

Kaukonahua Stream

Janell crossing the longest stream in the island. Water levels were definitely low, good for crossing and not so good for tubing.

Uphill

Uphill

They don’t call this place Wahiawa Hills for nothing. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Janell overlooking the expansive forest and watershed. Photo by Christine Galiza.

Trail

Trail

Pushing up another hill dotted with paperbark trees.

Magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms

The forest floor was littered with the usual leaves and occasional yellow capped mushrooms living on fallen tree branches.

4x4 road

4×4 road

We soon broke free of the tree line and walked on the rutted jeep road that lead to the hunting area. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Poamoho

Poamoho

Cisco contributing to the ongoing perforation of the hunting sign.

Poamoho

Poamoho

Janell treating Cisco for shooter’s elbow. Firing too many blanks. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Poamoho

Poamoho

Group photo left to right: Christine, Janell, Ferlino, myself, Cisco and Chris with his eco selfie stick.

Poamoho

Poamoho

Where there’s a tree, you will find an upside down Ferlino. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

4x4 road

4×4 road

I had wanted to refresh my trail memory going to Poamoho, so with that being satisfied, we turned around and headed back.

Stream

Stream

The group getting their feet wet crossing one of several small stream crossings. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Wahiawa Hills

Wahiawa Hills

Back on the loop trail.

Junction

Junction

Getting off the loop trail.

Watercolor

Watercolor

You should be in a painting by Photoshop.

Log trail

Log trail

Walking on the fallen tree that was seen as suspect by some.

Trail

Trail

Sliding our way down amongst the giant ferns and loose rocks.

Underworld

Underworld

We dropped down into the tunnel that had a giant tree wrapped around the front entrance. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Underworld

Underworld

Sloshing and subjecting our extremities to the chill of cold water. It got waist deep as we headed deeper into the tunnel.

Underworld

Underworld

Looking ahead to the light that existed at the end of the tunnel. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Underworld

Underworld

Group photo by Chris Bautista at the end where the full force of the water was muffled by the branches that had clogged the gates over time.

Underworld

Underworld

Chris being diffused by the natural light from above.

Underworld

Underworld

Thanks to Janell for showing us the “underworld.”

Trail

Trail

Scrambling our way back out of the gully.

Tipping point

Tipping point

Chris and Ferlino going out on a limb.

Downhill

Downhill

Swimming our way through the green ocean of uluhe ferns.

Stream

Stream

Arriving at our launch or lunch spot, depending on the time of day.

Stream

Stream

Ferlino didn’t carry the inner tube all day for nothing. Time to huff and puff, but not for the hills this time.

Stream

Stream

We all tried riding the currents and being swirled around for our amusement. Found out that we needed bigger floaties. These little doughnuts would not have cut it, if we had gone tubing as originally planned. Lesson learned.

Stream

Stream

Panoramic photo by Janell Tuttle.

Stream

Stream

After our bottoms were somewhat dry, we launched our way out of the lunch spot.

Trail tree

Trail tree

One of many seemingly dead but still standing trees in the hills. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Uphill

Uphill

Huffing and puffing this time for the hills.

Tree poser

Tree poser

This is not your high school graduation photo. Photo by Chris Bautista

Trail

Trail

Coming down our last hill where we intersected with the loop trail from this morning.

Uphill

Uphill

Climbing our way back up the steeply rooted hill.

Open road

Open road

The firing ranges were silent today as Cisco guided us to our last hike of the day.

Downhill

Downhill

Leaving the spent brass behind us as we made our way down the slippery slope.

Tower

Tower

Our first glimpse of the 90′ plus tower that was built back in the 1920s. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla

Valve Tower

Valve Tower

Ferlino wishing he had his hammock for that perfect picture. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla

Tower

Tower

Somebody always has to be different in the crowd.

Tower

Tower

The metal rungs became progressively worse as it reached higher to the top.

Ku Tree Reservoir

Ku Tree Reservoir

Group photo without Janell, as she decided to stay topside.

Kalakoa Stream

Kalakoa Stream

The carbonation was flat, but the taste was somewhat briny and gritty.

Empty metal jacket

Empty metal jacket

Reporting for duty. Call of duty or off duty? Photo by Cisco Quintanilla

Trail

Trail

I guess Uber is not picking us up on this road.

Trailer

Trailer

Just some bondo and duct tape and we can haul it away.

Jungle

Jungle

Low crawling through my flash backs or just trying to find that penny that I dropped. Photo by Janell Tuttle.

Blackhawk down

Blackhawk down

I wish I could fly.

All pau

All pau

One’s childhood is only finished when one say it’s finished. Our adventure filled day covered over 11 miles through rolling hills, tunnels, and some neat finds. Post hike meal at Dong Yang Inn, where’s it more of an instituition than a meal. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

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Ferlino June 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

That’s an awesome hike and very fun day. Thank you all so much!

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kenji SAITO June 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Aloha Ferlino,
Yup great day to be out and about with good company.
Mahalo

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